Isle of Yelapa - Mexico

Mexican Location: 45-minutes by water from Puerto Vallarta

Yelapa is straight out of Daniel Dafoe's famous castaway novel 'Robinson Crusoe'. This remote fishing village is only accessible by boat, but lures people to discard modern conveniences with its slow pace and stunning surrounds. Yelapa is an artist/hippie retreat. It doesn't allow cars and has no electricity, but the island's charm beckons visitors and those wishing to wed on its' untouched shores or in the presence of its billowing waterfall.

Honeymooners can partake in one of several day cruises to Yelapa to enjoy its seafood restaurants or hammocks on the beach. Water taxis offer trips from Vallarta and Mismaloya to Yelapa every morning and afternoon. If you wish to stay, many residents offer bed and breakfast type accommodations in the many small bungalows and houses that dot the jungle hills. The rustic Hotel Lagunita has 27 romantic cabañas, all with private bathrooms (from $55 to $78 per night).

Yelapa locals focus on artistic ventures, nature and outdoor recreation. Lounging on the beach, swimming, snorkeling, hiking to one of the island's jungle waterfalls or mountain biking are popular pastimes.

The other Top 5 Mexico Beaches are: The Quintana Roo Coast, El Eden, The Beaches of Banderas Bay and Pie de la Cuesta.

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